Mike is currently the Executive Director for Wilderness Medical Associates International. As a practitioner, Mike has 15 years of experience working in urban and rural EMS settings as a paramedic. He also has over 10 seasons of experience working as an expedition medic, rescue technician, and guide in Antarctica. His background also extends to professional SAR and technical rescue in the American Southwest, as well as significant experience in program development and management for wilderness-based leadership programs. As an educator and curriculum developer, Mike is responsible for the development of first aid for travel medicine, remote first programs for industrial settings, as well as developing the first wilderness medicine program for medical students in Canada. As a researcher and consultant, he has been involved with research in the cultural and environmental relevance of first aid programs to remote fly-in aboriginal (First Nation) communities in Canada as well as the epidemiological link to disease of first-training for international disaster relief and humanitarian workers. He has also researched and written academic papers on the validity of triage systems in mass casualty and disaster incidents.